• WINEMAKER/CELLAR:
    Conrad Vlok
  • BLEND:
    Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier
  • APPELLATION:
    Elim, South Africa

Strandveld The Navigator

Origin

Strandveld The Navigator 2011 is from Elim in South Africa.  In fact it is from one Africa’s most southerly vineyard and winery,  just 11km from the Atlantic Ocean in a windswept landscape between Elim and Cape Agulhas.  Over the past decade or so, two vineyards – Blomfontein and Uintjieskuil, totalling 69 hectares, have been established here, but this is not regular wine country.

Conrad Vlok, the winemaker is known as a quiet man who makes superb wines.  This a Rhône-style blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier.  To be more precise:

57% Shiraz
28% Grenache
9% Mourvedre
6% Viognier

Style

Strandveld The Navigator 2011 has aromas of cool-climate spice with white pepper and cloves. The spiciness carries through to the palate and is complemented by black berry flavours, with floral hints courtesy of the Viognier. The Grenache contributes dried-peach tannins. The wine has an ageing potential of 5 – 10 years.

Food Match

Great with roast lamb, bbq’s, hearty dishes.

Strandveld website http://strandveld.co.za/#sthash.vqpeJVd2.dpbs